New carillon of Tartu Town Hall opens
Tartu City Government
28 October / The new carillon of Tartu Town Hall was opened with a show of beautiful music, fire and dance at 19 o’clock on Friday, 28 October.
Olav Ehala’s new piece ‘The Bells of Tartu’ was performed for the first time. The carillon also played music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Heino Eller and Georg Friedrich Händel.
“We invite all townspeople and guests to come and listen to the beautiful sound of the new carillon in Tartu,” said Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas and thanked everyone who had donated money for the new carillon.
The expansion of the carillon started in spring 2016 when 16 new bells were ordered from the world’s leading bell foundry Royal Eijsbouts in the Netherlands. The 18 old German bells made in the Karlsuhe bell factory were also returned there to achieve the best harmony of the bells. The clocks arrived in Tartu on 12 October.
The carillon in Tartu is now the biggest in Estonia with 34 bells and also internationally recognised. The new carillon makes it possible to offer more exciting musical experiences from the bell tower of Tartu Town Hall.
The production, delivery and installation of the 16 new bells cost 55,000 euros and tuning the 18 old bells required another 15,000 euros. Private persons and companies donated 39,718 for the carillon as a result of a fund-raising campaign.
The music played by the carillon in the evening of 28 October included Tchaikovsky's “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” from the ballet “Nutcracker”, Eller’s “Homeland Melody”, Ehala’s new piece “The Bells of Tartu” and “Overture”, and “La Réjouissance” from Händel’s orchestral suite “Music for the Royal Fireworks”.
For further information, please contact: Carillon Project Manager Merle Kollom, telephone: +372 521 6996.
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